The Yorkshire Post – MUCH WAS made before this series about the battle between England skipper Joe Root and his Australia counterpart Steve Smith.

Summary

  • MUCH WAS made before this series about the battle between England skipper Joe Root and his Australia counterpart Steve Smith.
  • It is a chink in Root’s armour that Australia will look to exploit further and not, it would seem, the only one.
  • After all, he is a magnificent batsman and an equally magnificent ambassador for the sport and his country.
  • “Batsmen scoring 60s is not enough, we need 160s,” asserted Bayliss after the warm-up games.
  • Yet whereas Smith kicked on and made his innings count, Root fell one ball after reaching his own milestone, his courageous innings curtailed in its prime.


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